2/16/2010

Bonus Top 6: The Olympics On Film

Posted in Top 6 at 1:25 pm by Sam

The Winter Olympics in Vancouver are underway, so it’s as good a time as any to talk about the Olympics in film. I have a quick unofficial Top 6 list for you of the best Olympics movies, and then a more extended look at the first ever film coverage of the Olympic games.

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9/25/2007

Top 6: Movies About Theater Or Television

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

Back in Episode 6, we talked about movies about movies, how the movies see themselves. Here in Episode 52, we construct a similar Top 6 list — Movies About Theater Or Television — for a look at how the movies view their primary competition in the arena of narrative entertainment. Curiously, often movies about theater and television are as revealing about Hollywood as the ostensible subject.

What are your favorites movies about theater or television?

As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.

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9/18/2007

Top 6: Performances By Directors

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

For Episode 51’s Top 6 segment, we’re picking our favorite acting performances by directors. We have a caveat and a caveat to the caveat. We didn’t allow ourselves to pick performances by directors who are also actors (e.g., Robert Redford), unless they were directing themselves. Whether a director is directing his own performance, or he’s not normally an actor anyway, it’s interesting to see a director put himself up there on the screen and work on the other side of the camera.

What are your favorite performances by directors?

As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.

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9/11/2007

Top 6: Movie Trailers

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

Movie trailers can be as dull and formulaic as movies themselves can be. But also like movies, sometimes a movie trailer can be a real work of art in its own right. Sometimes a movie trailer can be better than the movie it’s advertising. For Episode 50’s Top 6 segment, we’ve compiled lists of our favorite movie trailers. What are yours?

As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.

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9/4/2007

Top 6: Gambling Movies

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

Gambling is an interesting subject for movies because it’s inherently dramatic. Gamblers are interesting characters for movies, because it’s easy for stories to put them in extreme situations. By watching gambling movies, we can experience the excitement of gambling without the risk. A lot of great gambling movies have been made, and our six favorites appear in Episode 49’s Top 6 segment.

What are your favorites?

As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.

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8/28/2007

Top 6: Unfairly Maligned Films

Posted in Top 6 at 8:37 am by Sam

Sometimes a movie hits society at the wrong time or in the wrong way and inspires a tide of negativity that isn’t deserved. We all have different ideas about what movie was underrated or over-attacked, of course, and that makes this an especially subjective topic for Episode 48’s Top 6 segment. But we each came up with six movies that we feel are, in whole or in part, unfairly attacked.

For the most part, we tried to be more concrete with our lists than in our Controversial Take segments. We didn’t just want to come up with any old random movie we like that everybody else hates. We wanted to come up with movies that have accrued very specific unfair criticisms. In a sense, we’re talking more about the criticisms than the movies. Of course, that line is blurry, and we crossed it here and there.

What do you think everybody else is dead wrong about?

As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.

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8/21/2007

Top 6: Directorial Swan Songs

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

Directing is a young man’s game, so say many older directors. It’s a gross generality riddled with exceptions, yet, at the same time, it does seem that a great many of the great directors blossom early, then peter out over time. So it is remarkable, usually, when a director’s very last movie is a great movie, ranking up with his or her best work. Our Top 6 list for Episode 47 is about our favorite directorial swan songs: the last movies of great directors.

What are your favorites?

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8/14/2007

Top 6: Plot Holes In Good Movies

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

Plot holes are generally considered flaws in narrative fiction, and perhaps they are. But many great movies have plot holes in them. Ultimately, if a movie is great enough, logical inconsistencies don’t amount to much of anything. For Episode 46, our Top 6 list is about plot holes in good movies. Some of our picks are minor plot holes in great films; others are huge plot holes in good films. None of the plot holes on our lists hurt the stature of the films they’re in in the slightest.

What are your favorite movie plot holes?

As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.

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8/7/2007

Top 6: Boat Movies

Posted in Top 6 at 8:30 am by Sam

We’ve covered trains and planes. Now it’s time for boats. In Episode 45, Stephen and I compile lists of our favorite boat movies. What are yours?

As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.

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7/31/2007

Top 6: Great Remakes

Posted in Top 6 at 4:59 am by Sam

In Episode 42, our Top 6 list was about movies you’d like to see remade. Now, in Episode 44, we’re going to cover remakes that did happen and were great.

Stephen and I took slightly different takes on the topic, as we sometimes do. Stephen compiled a list of six great remakes, regardless of whether or not they improved upon their originals. Sam restricted himself to superior remakes, in some cases picking remakes that are not actually great films but do improve upon their originals in some significant way.

What are your favorite remakes?

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